§ 27-20.4-5. Continuity of coverage for individual who changes groups, changes insurers within the same group, or changes benefit plans provided by the same insurer.
(a) This section applies to all health benefit group contracts issued by an insurer when a member of the group changes from one group to another group due to a change in employment, or when due to the action of the employer or insurer is: (1) forced to change from one benefit plan to another; or (2) forced to change from one insurer to another.
(b) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, this section provides continuity of coverage for a person who seeks coverage under a succeeding contract if coverage under the prior contract is terminated within three (3) months before the date the person enrolls or is eligible to enroll in the succeeding contract. No period of ineligibility for any health plan imposed by terms of employment may be considered in determining whether the coverage ended within three (3) months of the date the person enrolls or would be eligible to enroll, and if:
(1) That person was covered under an individual or group contract or policy issued by any insurer and that person's health benefit plan was eliminated by the employer or the insurer; or
(2) That person was covered under an individual or group contract or policy issued by any insurer and that person has terminated employment and at, or following, termination of employment that person is not eligible or is no longer eligible for COBRA continuation coverage under group health plans as provided for in 42 U.S.C. § 300bb-1 et seq., or for extended medical benefits as provided in Chapter 19.1 of this title.
(c) Notwithstanding subsection (b) of this section, this section does not provide continuity of coverage for a late enrollee.
(d) Except as otherwise provided in this section, in a group health benefit contract subject to this section, any insurer covering employees of the employer must, for any person described in subsection (b) of this section, waive any medical underwriting, but only to the extent that the underwriting is used to exclude a specific condition or the person, or waive preexisting conditions exclusion or limitations to the extent that benefits would have been payable under the prior contract if that contract were still in effect. The issuer of the succeeding contract is not required to duplicate any benefits covered by the issuer of the prior contract.
(P.L. 1991, ch. 321, § 1; P.L. 1992, ch. 387, § 1.)